Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is … a big hole

Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole | Science | The Guardian

via The Guardian: ‘Astronomers have discovered what they say is the largest known structure in the universe: an incredibly big hole (circled, at lower right in map above).

The “supervoid”, as it is known, is a spherical blob 1.8 billion light years across that is distinguished by its unusual emptiness.

István Szapudi, who led the work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, described the object as possibly “the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity”.

Its existence only emerged thanks to a targeted astronomical survey, which confirmed that around 10,000 galaxies were “missing” from the part of the sky it sits in.

Szapudi’s team was intentionally searching for the void because they believed that it could explain previous observations showing that part of the sky is unusually cool.’